Wine and cancer
Wine and cancer (Salem Health: Cancer)
How red wine protects: Red wine is a rich source of active phytochemicals (plant chemicals) called polyphenols. Polyphenols are naturally found in the seeds and skins of grapes. Red wine contains more polyphenols than white wine because when white wine is made the skins are removed after the grapes are crushed. The polyphenols found in red wine are the naturally occurring antioxidants known as flavonoid and resveratrol. These antioxidants help clear cancer-causing free radicals from the body. Resveratrol also functions as an anti-inflammatory agent, inhibiting enzymes that promote tumor development and cancer cell proliferation. The flavonoid present in red wine may be especially effective against cancer during the initiation, promotion, and progression phases.
Colorectal cancer and red wine: According to a report published by the American College of Gastroenterology, consuming three or more glasses of red wine per week may reduce a person’s risk of developing colorectal cancer. In a New York study that included 1,700 people who underwent routine colorectal cancer screening, 10 percent of those patients who did not drink alcohol had colorectal cancer, while only 3.4 percent of patients who routinely drank red wine had colorectal cancer.
Prostate cancer and red wine: According to a study conducted by investigators at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, men who drank four or...
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